Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Girl From the North Country


You know what?  Chicago has just been too balmy for us this year.  So we are packing it up in search of better climes and moving 400 miles away to... Minneapolis.

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Seriously though.

We are actually moving to Minneapolis.

This is not necessarily a decision that looks good on paper.  We just bought a condo.  And we both love Chicago, a lot.  And all of our friends are here.  And we don't have a single friend there (Matt's sister does live in the state, and I have an uncle in the Cities.  But that's it).  And I will have to live up there by myself for a few months while Matt finishes up school.  And oh, I hadn't been to Minneapolis since 7th grade (we remedied that a couple weeks ago).

But we are both really ready to change gears, career-wise.  And we both wound up with opportunities that we don't think we could have gotten here in Chicago.  We also always had the idea that we'd live in at least one more city, and it seemed like were reaching the point where was now or never- either move now or become Chicago lifers (not exactly a hardship and I'd never say never when it comes to moving back).  Basically, we felt like we'd regret it if we didn't give this Minneapolis thing a try.   So next week, we are literally packing it all up in a van and moving me to Minnesota!  


Me, next week.  

In order to prevent an emotional breakdown, I am choosing to think about anything but the fact that this is my last week in Chicago.  So does anyone have any Minneapolis/Minnesota recs for me?  Does anyone live there?  Can I buy you a drink and pepper you with questions about Minneapolis (for real)?


16 comments:

  1. Wow. Exciting times. Sometimes, and even if the decision may not look good on paper, you've just got to go with your gut. I hope the move goes well.

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  2. Woo! I'm so proud of you! My friend Bonnie just moved up there (when she's not living in Costa Rica) and I definitely want to come visit you!

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    1. Didn't realize Bonnie lived there! Let's get this on the calendar (your visit and your ultimate moving date k thanks bye!)

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  3. I really like Minneapolis (Ben and I go to visit his sister and her family there at least once a year)! It seems like a really livable place. Good luck with the move!

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  4. I live here! It was -10 this morning! (Rethinking your decision yet?) Feel free to email me with questions. We used to live in the city limits of Minneapolis until last summer, when we moved to an inner-ring suburb. aleciaramsay(at)gmail(d0t)(c0m)

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  5. This is the time in your life to do it--good luck!

    And aren't you glad that you didn't get a new couch now?

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  6. Thanks for the encouragement, everyone.

    Yasmara- it was 10 degrees yesterday in Chicago, so what's another 20 degrees (clearly I am deluding myself here!).

    SO glad I didn't buy a couch, Jen.

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  7. Hi there. You're on a path I once took...moved from Chicago to Minneapolis long ago. Now I'm in a Chicago 'burb but remember Mpls. fondly. I lived in the Bryn Mawr area and loved it. Restaurants were great--two that I always remember are still there, I think--Bryant Lake Bowl and Isles Bun and Coffee which had the most insane cinnamon buns. No sales tax on clothes, too, right? And Prince once said that the cold weather keeps the bad people out.

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    1. No sales tax on clothes is right! I know Bryant Lake Bowl is still there and highly recommended- Bryn Mawr is a beautiful area.

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  8. On one hand, I'm going to miss running into you! But on the other, I am now free to copy all of your outfits without the possibility of running into you.

    Congratulations! Can you reveal what you'll be doing in Minneapolis?

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    1. I will miss seeing you around town too! I am doing ACA compliance for a health insurance company. Health care was my focus in law school so I am excited to nerd out.

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  9. I would love to live in Minneapolis, so I'm very excited for you! It seems like such a livable city.

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  10. my inner jade wants to boo due to our budding meta friendship, but i am glad your new years resolution has been put to the real test! as i said before, i will totally e-mail you recs and places we went to back when we visited. i had several "i could live here" moment. off the top of my head, and what i'd do if i were headed to minne, is head to MILLE. i would probably run there and try to have michelle adopt me so i could live in that store! logan square and i will miss you. i will always fondly remember our dranks, particularly the "lion's dick"--thanks boiler room!

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    1. Ugh I will definitely miss taking our friendship IRL! Love hearing that you've enjoyed your time in Minneapolis- I will be going to Mille A.S.A.P. Lemme know if you think of any other musts and obviously let me know the next time you head up there :)

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  11. So are you all settled in Minneapolis?

    I'm going to be there for one day to eat lunch at Lucia and head to the Sven outlet.
    Do you have recommendations close to Lucia or the outlet?

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    1. I am not the best at Minneapolis recs yet, unfortunately. Lucia is delicious and I am sure you will really enjoy it. It is located in Uptown which has a lot of the big chains - MAC, CB2, H & M, but not so many unique-to-Minneapolis stores. I am told there is a winery near the Sven outlet as well as a neat sculpture garden of some kind, and that you can make a day of it. I admit to being skeptical of a Minnesota winery :) the lady who owns the Sven shop will be happy to give you directions.

      If you happen to be dragging a guy along on your clog expedition, I recommend BlackBlue in St. Paul and Askov Finlayson downtown. Both have great men's clothes.

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